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Meeting Title: A Case Study of a Sustainable English Garden

  • April 09, 2013
  • 7:30 PM
  • Church of the Brethren
Featuring John Sonnier, APLD, Head Gardener, The Brittish Embassy, Washington

In this session John Sonnier explained how he has transformed the gardens of the British ambassador's residence by integrating sustainable, eco-friendly practices into the redesign and management of this modern English garden. His discussion included suggestions for adapting plant selection and design principles to accommodate DC area gardening conditions and managing soil and water to enhance conservation practices.

John Sonnier has been a gardener and designer for 35 years. He has created many gardens for private and commercial clients but for the past 20 years has only worked in historic gardens. After attending George Washington University’s program in Historic Landscape Preservation he knew he had found his niche, first as a Lead Gardener at Dumbarton Oaks for four years, then as Project Manager for the Restoration of the gardens and outdoor sculpture collection at Hillwood Museum for 13 years, until he then became Head Gardener for British Ambassador’s Residence three and one half years ago. John is a certified and past board member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. He has taught Landscape Design at George Washington University and presently teaches sculpture at the Corcoran College of Art and Design

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